July 3, 2013

Rockets power way past Cardinal

Herald correspondent


Twelfth-ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont softball team played solid offense and defense, leading to the 7-1 non-conference win over Cardinal. 
The Cardinal Comets committed four errors that caused five of the seven Rocket runs to be unearned.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont made the most of its nine hits to score seven runs. Pitcher Nataliah Hopkins threw a strong game from the circle to earn the victory.
The Rockets opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with two runs. Both runs scored on Hopkins’ single. Cardinal came back with a singleton in the top of the third inning.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont responded with a line drive off the bat of Tasha Alexander. The shot continued her home run barrage this season. The Rockets went up 4-1 with a run in the fifth. Haegan Boyer and Alexander had back-to-back singles to start the fifth.
With two outs, Alexander then stole second and advanced to third on another Comet error before eventually scoring on a single by Jarrah Jensen.
Cardinal responded with back-to-back hits off Hopkins. With one out in the sixth, Lindsey Davis’ single was followed by a double from Alexis Adam. 
The opportunistic Rockets took advantage of another Cardinal error to score three runs in the sixth, to seal the win. Sadie Baugher led off with a double and Boyer and Alexander again had back-to-back hits.
No. 12 (2A) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 7, Cardinal 1
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Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont battery – Nataliah Hopkins (WP, 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 5 K, 2 BB) and Jarrah Jensen.
2B – Sadie Baugher. HR — Tasha Alexander.
Hits – Paige Shafer 1-for-4, Haegen Boyer 2-for-3, Tasha Alexander 3-for-4, Hopkins 1-for-4, J. Jensen 1-for-2, Baugher 1-for-2. 
RBI – Alexander 3, Hopkins 2, J. Jensen.